Childhood Memories Lead to Purchase of $50,000 Winning Scratch-off

Wheaton man claims first top prize in LOTERIA Grande game
Selecting a Maryland Lottery scratch-off that reminded him of his childhood was a winning choice for a Montgomery County man. The lucky player landed the first $50,000 top-prize in the LOTERIA Grande game.
“When I was little, I played Loteria in my country,” said the Guatemala native, who has lived and worked in the United States for more than two decades. The Wheaton resident fondly remembers playing Loteria as a child. The Loteria game is similar to bingo but uses images on a deck of cards.
He bought the lucky scratch-off at Kensington Liberty at 10550 Connecticut Avenue in Kensington. “I was on my lunch break and decided to stop by,” said the winner, who works in construction, adding that he bought two tickets. “I took them to my job site to scratch.”
The 52-year-old was stunned at his results. “I didn’t believe it,” he said. “I never won that much in my life. The first thing I did was call my brother to share my happiness.”
The lucky winner and his brother scanned the ticket at a Lottery retailer to verify that it was a big winner. Then he locked up his winning scratch-off in his truck for a week until he could claim his prize at Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. “I checked on it every single day,” he said.
Even after claiming the prize and entering the Lottery Winner’s Circle, where he received a round of applause from Lottery staffers, the smiling player remained

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